Definition

active archive

This definition is part of our Essential Guide: Why a tape backup system is still a good storage option
Contributor(s): Sarah Wilson

An active archive is a collection of data that is too valuable for a company to discard, but is only accessed occasionally. 

Active archives store data that is not read-write intensive and does not need to be modified, but may be read from time to time. Such data is usually stored on less expensive, slower performing storage media such as tape or inexpensive disk. An active archive may include software for moving data seamlessly between storage tiers so it can be directly accessed by applications or users. Active archives are usually protected with replication to another archive system, not just by traditional backup.

An active archive can be contrasted with a deep archive, which holds data that will probably not be accessed again but must be kept for compliance or other business reasons.

 

This was last updated in June 2014

Continue Reading About active archive

PRO+

Content

Find more PRO+ content and other member only offers, here.

Start the conversation

Send me notifications when other members comment.

By submitting you agree to receive email from TechTarget and its partners. If you reside outside of the United States, you consent to having your personal data transferred to and processed in the United States. Privacy

Please create a username to comment.

-ADS BY GOOGLE

File Extensions and File Formats

Powered by:

SearchSolidStateStorage

SearchConvergedInfrastructure

SearchCloudStorage

SearchDisasterRecovery

SearchDataBackup

Close